The New York Times reports that David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, anti-abortion activists who made surreptitious and apparently heavily edited vidoes of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue, were indicted today by a Houston grand jury called to investigate Planned Parenthood.
The grand jurors cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.
Daleiden, director of the Center for Medical Progress in Irvine, Calif., was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Merritt, also a center employee, was indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.
Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson did not specify what records were allegedly tampered with. Her statement:
“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Ms. Anderson said. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”
It was Daleiden who created the fake biomedical research company that sent persons posing as potential buyers to secretly record Planned Parenthood meetings.